Alice, the smart middle child in a blue-collar family, identifies with Mary, the middle child in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. when Alice enters Mary's world and makes changes in both their lives, she learns that first impressions aren't always right.
Marilyn gives an overview of the book:
I was born in the Bronx, New York City. The street I lived on had no trees or flowers, but it had children – lots and lots of children. The street didn’t go anywhere important, and cars seldom came through. In the summertime, it was frequently closed to traffic.